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Support Groups & Workshops

Group Counseling

Group counseling can provide you with needed support, increase your ability to cope with life's challenges, and help you grow as a person. A variety of groups is offered every semester (see the current schedule below); each typically has four to nine participants. All groups are free and confidential, and each is facilitated by a counselor.

Some groups are considered "closed," meaning that after the first one or two sessions, in order to facilitate group cohesion, trust and efficacy, the group will not accept new members. Others are considered "open," meaning that they accept new members throughout the duration of the group.
Groups meet in the counseling center in order to provide a confidential setting. In addition, all group members are asked to comply with a confidentiality policy stating that what is said and what occurs among members of the group stays within the group, even after the group has ended. This includes keeping secret the names of other members of the group.

If you are interested in joining a group, please contact the counselor facilitating the group or call the counseling center at 509.777.3259. Some groups may require a short group-interest appointment (a 10- to 15-minute appointment or phone conversation) in order to determine a student's eligibility for a specific group.

Spring 2017 Groups

pirateWELLNESS

This three-week group focuses on increasing one's overall wellness, resilience, and emotional intelligence. It provides students with information and skills that can help them address self-talk or emotions that can be challenging, disruptive or simply annoying.
Location and time: Schumacher Hall, Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 13-27 and March 6-20.

Group counselor: Emily Soucinek, esoucinek@whitworth.edu509.777.4805

anxietyTOOLBOX

This laid-back, stress-free group will address stress myths and discuss ways of thinking and living that will reduce (or even resolve) students' experiences of stress and anxiety. This group will remain open to new members throughout the semester.
Location and time: Schumacher Hall, Thursdays 6:30-7:45 p.m., begins Feb. 23

Group counselor: Michael Hathaway, mhathaway@whitworth.edu509.777.4806

iamENOUGH

This six-week group will explore the power of shame, fear and vulnerability. Members will learn how to let go of perfectionism and embrace the truth that "I am enough." The content is based on Brene' Brown's best-selling book The Gifts of Imperfection.

Location and time: Schumacher Hall, Tuesdays 4-5:15 p.m., Feb. 14-April 4 (will not meet on Feb. 28 or March 28)
Group counselor: Molly DeWalt, mdewalt@whitworth.edu509.777.4272

Support groups are also available within the Spokane community. Please see the Resources page for a list of available groups. You can also call the counseling center for more information.

Drop-in Workshops

The counseling center provides a number of different drop-in workshops throughout each semester that cover topics such as building resilience, beating anxiety, overcoming depression, stress and time management, developing assertiveness and self-care, living authentically, establishing boundaries, social skills development, healthy relationships, etc. Workshops are highly interactive and informative. Bring any questions you may have. Upcoming workshops will be advertised through student life and Pirate Port.